sunburned at zoo and now i have chills

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   Posted 4/10/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
i know a severe sunburn can cause chills, fever, etc but i just got a farmer's sunburn and my neck is sunburned and i have been freezing all night! i am usually cold but it is 74 in my house!! ever happened to anyone? i was sick a few days ago with a stomach virus and now i'm concerned i'm not completely over it. my stomach feels fine but why am i sooo cold? maybe it's just the sunburn with not enough rest since i was sick on thursday. i went work on friday and to the zoo today when i should have been home resting. weird my 4 yr old didn't get sunburned! i will always apply sunscreen now. i can't believe i forgot to put on him.

can a mild sunburn cause chills though or for you to feel cold and have goosebumps? hmmmm

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   Posted 4/11/2010 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
The short answer i believe is yes
at least i have gone thru it
you feel like you have ice wrapped around you constantly and it is hard to take
i would really think this is from your sunburn
i do know that def chill thru your entire body n its hard to shake
i hv hot milk n lay wrapped in blankie but then i dont hv an active 4 yr old
thankfully he didnt get burnt
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   Posted 4/11/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes, sunburn can cause chills. I think docs recommend some ibuprofin or aspirin if you can take those. Aloe is also very good for sunburn. Can you tell I grew up at the beach? Sunburn can be very miserable. I hope you are better very soon. Are you better today? You should be feeling a little better.
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   Posted 4/11/2010 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I grew up around lake erie canuck side n i remember those days all to well
hope you are hving some relief

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   Posted 4/11/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Hazel,

Yes a sunburn can cause you to feel the chills. I believe the reason is, because your skin is so hot it is making the air around you feel colder and gives you the shivers. The body naturally gets chills when you are cold because it is its way of trying to warm up. I wouldn't worry about it. This has been happening to me for years. But the worse the sunburn, obviously the hotter the skin so the colder you are going to feel. JMHO

Do remember use sun lotion as I learned the hard way and ended up with skin cancers due to extensive esposure to the sun when I was younger.



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   Posted 4/11/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I am from Florida and have very pale skin. I have had my fair share of bad sunburns! Take some apple cider vinegar and wet a cloth real wet and wipe your sunburn with it.
You'll find some excellent tips here:

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   Posted 4/11/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
ty hun for great link n input
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